I make no apologies for what I’m about to do, but I do hope you’ll forgive me for blowing my ‘Mother’s Trumpet’!
We had a pretty momentous day for the Olley family recently. Having taken her final exams after nearly six years of study, hard work and commitment, Bex was told that she is now officially Dr. Rebecca Olley!
She’s been doing really well and getting amazing marks and feedback, so it wasn’t a surprise, but it was still nerve wracking waiting for the exam results. When Bex rang us to say she’d received the email and was now a doctor I couldn’t stop grinning! I had expected to have a few tears, and I know I will at her graduation ceremony in July, but in fact it was just a wonderful feeling of pride and satisfaction that her life is now on the route she has chosen.
She is already putting her skills to good use. Along with three of her closest friends, – girls she has lived and studied with since her course began in 2009 – she is now in Kuching in Borneo working in the Sarawak General Hospital. This is part of what is called the ‘elective’ part of the medical course and usually students are not yet qualified when they do this, but the hospital is benefiting from four wonderful young women who are at the very start of their careers. They’re not being paid yet, but knowing that they are ‘proper’ doctors has given each of them a confidence, a spring in their step and a huge smile, as you can see from this photo of the four of them at the start of their first ever working day as a doctor.
It’s not all work and, as you might expect, they are making the most of their two months in such an amazing place. They will be attending some jungle field clinics, where they give advice, treatment and vaccinations to people who live too far from the cities to venture into a proper hospital and this will involve an expedition into the rainforest. And there will be time to see orang-utans and other wildlife, do lots of sightseeing, and head to the beach – which they’ve been doing already! Although, apparently, there was no swimming… due to the risk of crocodiles!!
Ever since Rebecca was a little girl she showed a caring side – she was always looking out for her two younger brothers (this often involved a fair amount of bossing them around, I have to admit!) and also caring for any animal, including our menagerie of cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. In fact, while she was a teenager she loved riding and looking after the horse she rode so much she decided to become a vet and it was only when she was in sixth form she decided that she would rather become a doctor.
Whatever she does she puts heart, soul and total commitment into and she deserves all her successes. I’m just proud to be her mum!